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Glasson Basin Lock No 7
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Quote of the day No 359

Friday 23 February 2018

No one knows when the vessels first began to trade on rivers, but old pictures give us some notion of what such craft looked like by the end of the Middle Ages. By an odd quirk, the nearest thing we now have to these medieval craft is a child of the canal age, designed like its fellows to fit the locks it would have to pass through on the new navigations. The Humber keel could have sailed straight out of the pages of an illuminated manuscript, yet when one looks at the vessel in more detail, one soon realises that it is a vessel beautifully adapted to very special circumstances. There was not strictly a keel, but several keels depending on which waterways they were to use: vessels trading right up the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation were 60ft (18m) long by 15ft 3m (4.5m) beam and capable of carrying loads of 100 tons, but vessels intended for the Trent could be built right up to 75ft (23m) in length.

Anthony Burton - The Great Days of the Canals

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